Guelph author Kira Vermond up for top kids’ book award

[Guelph, Ontario, October 15, 2014]—Guelph-based children’s author Kira Vermond is among 10 finalists for the prestigious Red Maple Non-Fiction™ Award for 2015, part of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Forest of Reading program. She calls her book, Growing Up, Inside and Out (Owlkids), “a brave choice” for the nominating committee noting it tackles a top-of-mind subject for the award’s target grade 7 and 8 demographic: puberty.

Although the book discusses how kids’ bodies change, Growing Up takes a more holistic (and humorous) approach to the adolescent years, tackling everything from brain chemistry to cliques and from being a transgender teen to forming healthy sexual relationships.

“I’m delighted the book has been nominated as part of the Forest of Reading 2015 program – it’s one of the biggies for kids’ books in Canada,” Vermond says. “I’m particularly happy that more kids will get a chance to read it. I know that if I’d had this book as a child, it would have been a life changer.”

Vermond is the author of three non-fiction books for children, one for adults and has another children’s book in the works. When Growing Up was published in 2013, it received high praise for being a “straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty,” according to Quill & Quire’s starred review. This is Vermond’s second nomination for the award.

For more information about the program and this year’s nonfiction nominees, visit or see the attached press release.


To arrange an interview with Kira Vermond, author of Growing Up, Inside and Out, or for a review copy, please contact her at: 519-826-9883 or



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